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Improve your Google Plussing with Numbers

How? Thanks to the Google+ API that was launched recently we can now collect figures on our engagement here... not to have a competition amongst power users but to make our engagement more effective and to organize our time on here in a much better way.

Sure, there are tools like klout (according to +Michelle Marie's post, klout isn't fully functional yet either) and hootsuite that quantify your reach but there is one very simple, direct and blunt tool which gives me all my numbers as they are and that I think paints a much better picture. And that site is called all my +.


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All my + - www.foldedsoft.at/+/allmy+/ by +Gerwin Sturm

1. What is it?
This site is just one simple page which takes your g+ profile ID in a text box and chucks out all stats for your posts in a table along with other helpful charts and breakdowns.


2. What does it look like?
As an example you can look at the figures for my profile here: bit.ly/gp_stats_me

It displays three types of charts for my engagement on g+:
- Timeline
- Posting behaviour per weekday
- Posting behaviour per hour


3. How do I use these figures and charts?
If you notice on my stats page, the hour chart tells me I've posted something during every hour of each day and should probably get more sleep. (+Alida Brandenburg you were right!)

Or that I am getting more shares than comments on my posts. Therefore, I need to alter my posts in a way that encourages more discussions.

Or that my reshares are low compared to original content. Therefore, I need to reshare more stuff that the g+ community has to offer.

So on and so forth...


4. Who should use these stats?
These stats are helpful to all users that share something publicly on g+. They are not limited for a select group of power users with 100k+ members. Anyone can use these stats to see how they're engaging with the community, what is good and what needs improvement.


5. Any drawbacks?
There is one drawback with this site which is actually a flaw in google+. Your g+ profile at the moment only saves a maximum of 250 of your most recent posts on your "wall". The rest are somewhere on the google+ server but they cannot be reaching by clicking more at the bottom of your profile. You can search for them in google and access them, yea, but you definitely cannot find them on your profile. Hopefully this limit will be taken off sooner rather than later. The facebook timeline actually did a good job of solving this post-disappearing problem... BUT that is a debate for another post.


So, please look into these figures for your profile and see how you're performing. This is especially important if you're looking to increase your reach. If, however, you really don't give a damn then that is fine too! :)

Thank you for reading through. As always your feedback is most welcome.

Cheers,
+Ahmed Zeeshan

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Permalink to post: bit.ly/gp_allmyplus


Other Google+ articles from me:
Google+ | The Starter's Pack - bit.ly/gpstarter
Google+ | The Early Adopter's Guide - bit.ly/gp_early
Google+ | The Etiquettes - bit.ly/gp_etiquettes
Google+ for the Average Facebook User - bit.ly/gb_fb
Circles: Dividing, Nesting and Prioritizing - bit.ly/gpcircles


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Those numbers can be rather depressing when you're only in 400 circles or so.
 
"Or that I am getting more shares than comments on my posts. Therefore, I need to alter my posts in a way that encourages more discussions." One simple way to accomplish that is asking questions at the end of your posts. Some people with thousands of followers use that very simple technique and get gazillions of answers without answering back once.
 
+Stuart Duncan again I'd like to say that you shouldn't take these numbers in a competitive way but rather use them for comparisons and improvements within your own posts. That way it doesn't matter how many follow you... your engagement within your circle of followers should be comparable to the amount of followers you have, whether it is 400 or 40,000!
 
+Alex Balcázar simple and effective solution there. If you're not a tech celeb or a celeb in general, then you would also want to engage in your comment threads after publishing a post. The celebs should do it too but it does become impossible to interact with each and every comment if you have 10k+ followers :)
 
This is a great tool +Ahmed Zeeshan I love the stats and will be interested to see how they change as time goes on, especially as my target audience grows. Really helps craft the message. Thanks!
 
Nono, +Ahmed Zeeshan I was not trying t criticize celebs (ok, only some of them, and only a little). What I was trying to suggest, if comments rather than shares is what you are after, is asking a question at the end of your post. Or probably better, even in the title.
 
Oh man... maybe it can't handle all the engagement you're getting +Christina Trapolino :o

That might actually be true and the site probably times out while it's collecting data.
 
Wow, now I see she got it herself. Me too slow.
 
Just checked your figures for you +Christina Trapolino and you're doing great! You haven't even reached the 250 limit yet either. :)
 
+Ahmed Zeeshan Great site and it does take some time to load, but it's good to see the stats every now and then.
+Christina Trapolino I noticed from your profile you lived in Sydney. How long ago was this and what did you think of the place?
 
Nice idea but I'm not here to try and beat my statistics for last week or anyone else's for that matter. I'll have good weeks statistically speaking and I'll have bad but either way I'll have enjoyed the social interaction.
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